The New Economics of Labor Migration: Beware of Neoclassicals Bearing Gifts

  title={The New Economics of Labor Migration: Beware of Neoclassicals Bearing Gifts},
  author={Alexandre Abreu},
  journal={Forum for Social Economics},
Until the emergence of the New Economics of Labor Migration (NELM) in the 1980s, migration scholars were largely divided into two main theoretical camps, viz. the neoclassical and historical-structural approaches to migration. Against this background, the NELM presented itself as a theoretical ‘third way’ between the two latter approaches, and purported to reconcile agency and structure in a way previously unachieved by either of them. While those pretensions gained a fair amount of acceptance… 

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